The majority of the Ski Lake Tahoe resorts will open for the 2011-12 winter season this week with impressive early season skiing and snowboarding conditions, unbeatable early season vacation packages, non-stop entertainment and new guest amenities from recent resort capital improvements. Recent winter storms and supplemental snowmaking have enabled the resorts to continue opening additional terrain and chairlifts and this week’s forecast predicts another winter storm system to bring snow on Thanksgiving day followed by bluebird skiing for the weekend.
Lifts have been turning on both shores of Lake Tahoe since late last week when both Heavenly Mountain Resort and Northstar California kicked off the 2011-12 winter season thanks to state-of-the-art snowmaking systems and well-timed early season storms. Squaw Valley plans to open this Wednesday, November 23rd followed closely by Kirkwood Mountain Resort on Friday, November 25th. Resort operators at Alpine Meadows, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe and Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort are keeping a close eye on this next round of storms with plans to open as soon as conditions permit.
Guests visiting Ski Lake Tahoe resorts and the Lake Tahoe region this season will experience new improvements and amenities resulting from over $100 million in capital improvements designed to enhance the guest experience over the next few seasons and bolster the region’s ranking as a top winter destination well into the future. For the 2011-12 winter season, long range forecasters are calling for a return of a similar La Niña weather pattern that resulted in more than 800 inches of snowfall in Lake Tahoe last season.
Long part of the local Thanksgiving tradition, winter enthusiasts headed to the slopes for the holiday weekend will be once again greeted by reliable snow conditions and top-to-bottom skiing and snowboarding at Lake Tahoe resorts. In addition to the incredible early season snow conditions, destination travelers can take advantage of the most affordable stay-and-ski packages in the nation with early season deals as low as $49 per person for lift ticket and lodging packages.
Deep discounts are also currently available on airfare into the Reno-Tahoe International Airport including one-way fares as low as $59 being promoted by Southwest Airlines. Yet to experience a closure due to snow, the recently remodeled airport was named number one in the nation in terms of new flights including new nonstop service from Minneapolis-St. Paul and Houston as well as additional flights from Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver and Boston.
Lake Tahoe has also long been synonymous with 24/7 nightlife and big name entertainment. The party atmosphere will be elevated this weekend with kickoff celebrations planned around the Lake Tahoe region including Thanksgiving parties, late night casino resort pool parties and performances by indie rockers Bush and legendary Police front man and composer, Sting.
Surrounding North America’s largest alpine lake, the seven resorts that make up Ski Lake Tahoe are Alpine Meadows, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose-Ski Tahoe, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort and Squaw Valley. Lake Tahoe boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year, and the region has some of the highest annual snowfall amounts in North America. The seven resorts, all offering unparalleled scenic vistas of panoramic mountain and lake views, are located less than an hour from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. For further information and to directly book travel, lodging and transportation for Ski Lake Tahoe resorts and its travel partners, visit www.skilaketahoe.com.